You are Loved
The 27 Days of Be the Change provided renewed energy and a focus for our students, and staff this month. We are so moved by the countless acts of kindness, undocumented moments of integrity, and the nurturing culture that has been embraced since we began this month. This week's theme is the transition from doing to living. The new habits created will carry us throughout this month and into the new season of spring.
February 1-6: SELF-Be the Best Version of Yourself; Be Positive and Kind to YOU
February 7-13: OTHERS- Demonstrate Kindness to not only yourself, but to others- family, friends, staff
February 14-20: COMMUNITY- Find yourself in the service of others
February 21-28: LIVE THE CHANGE- 21 Days create new habits. Model this leadership each day
Opportunities for Outreach
The students and staff know me well. They know my heart. I love our students and staff for who they are and their shared commitment to live our core values. We have a beautiful community that we are grateful for and we will continue to work together to raise a generations of Hilltoppers to live with a purpose, model integrity, and express kindness. We are #ChardonStrong and will forever beat as #OneHeartbeat
CHS Principal Podcast Season 3, Episode 28 (Jen Sprinzl)
This week, we celebrate to passion and love of mama bear, Jen Sprinzl. She is the best of the best at CHS!
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, February 28: White Day Schedule
Tuesday, March 1, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, March 2, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, March 3, Black Day Schedule
Friday, March 4, White Day Schedule (END OF THE 3rd Quarter)
Quick Reference: Course Offerings/ Program/ Presentations
Important Date for CMS 7th graders (CHS Presentation/Course Selection Presentation)
March 3, 2022: School Day Presentation (2:25-3:00 PM) LGIR
Marc 3, 2022: Parent Presentation (Students Welcome) 6:00 PM LGIR
Important Communication Regarding March 9, 2022: ACT
What: ACT Test ... Wednesday, March 9th, ALL Juniors will be taking the ACT at CHS
Why: State requirement to administer the ACT or SAT to Juniors as a pathway to graduation.
Questions about ACT/SAT Requirement
8th Grade 4E Exploration Day (Auburn Career Center/ Lake Erie College)
2022 Senior Class Common Application For Local Scholarships
This information was sent out to all seniors in their Google Classroom this week.
Please carefully read the following information and complete any necessary requirements for the
scholarship(s) you are applying for.
Students must also turn in one recommendation letter with this application. Please note that a few of the scholarships ask for an additional letter. This application must be complete and have all required information in order to be processed and considered for scholarships.
Application and all additional materials are due by March 3, 2022.
Spring Musical: Beauty and the Beast
The enchanted tale of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be gracing the stage at Park Auditorium starting on March 10, 2022, when the student cast of this year’s Chardon High School spring show present the Broadway stage version of the classic story.
Beauty and the Beast involves the telling of Belle’s journey as she becomes exposed to life beyond her provincial town. She meets her father’s captor, the Beast—a cruel and terrifying creature, physically cursed by a wise enchantress. Belle feels condemned to spend her life imprisoned within the walls of the Beast’s castle—until she recognizes goodness within the monster and becomes more of an enraptured guest than a prisoner.
As this love story unfolds, audiences may enjoy all the classic, rousing, musical numbers including the selections, “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”
3/1 - 3/3 ....4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
3/8 - 3/9 ....4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
3/10 - 3/12 .... 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
3/13 .... 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Online sales (https://www.chardonschools.org/TicketsDonations.aspx) 3/1 - 3/13
Pre-Order Flower Sales
Art Piece of the Week
Ski Club- Last Trip March 5 (Holiday Valley)
After three successful trips, the CHS Ski/Snowboard Club has one final trip coming up.... and it's not too late to sign up. We will be headed to Holiday Valley Ski Resort on Saturday, March 5th. This trip is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). We will be taking two buses to Holiday Valley for the day, so there are still spaces available on this trip. If your son/daughter is interested, please turn in registration forms to Miss Fisher as soon as possible to reserve a spot! If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718). Sign up for the trip today - you won't regret it!
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Chardon Goes to the Musicals is excited to announce ticket sales for Disney's Frozen. All money is due to CMS Hilltoppers PTO by Tuesday, March 15.
We are proud to promote the arts at Cleveland's own Playhouse Square, the second largest theater district outside of Broadway. Over the years, Chardon Goes to the Musicals has sold hundreds of tickets. A reminder this is not a fundraiser, but simply a way for community members to obtain tickets at discounted prices.
News at the ESCWR
Geauga County High School Job Fair
OhioMeansJobs Geauga (OMJG) will host a job fair at Cardinal High School on Friday, April 8th, 2022. High School Students are invited to attend! Transportation to the event could potentially be paid by the OhioMeansJobs center located in your school's county. The job fair will benefit students by looking for full-time, part-time, summer/seasonal jobs, as well as internships and apprenticeships throughout Geauga County. In addition, all branches of the military will be present.
Geauga County High School Job Fair
Where: Cardinal High School Gymnasium
14785 Thompson Ave.
Middlefield, OH 44062
When: Friday, April 8th, 2022
Time: 9am – 12pm
The job fair will include about 65 employers, representing the following industries: Automotive, Child Care, Healthcare, Construction, Manufacturing, Recreation, Government, Food/Retail, and Military.
If students from your district are interested in attending, please contact Mandy Monroe at 440-285-1108 to discuss in more detail.
Weather Related Information
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
The Hilltop Echo (School Newspaper)
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
Week in Reflection: This is the Weekly Publication for Parents/Students/Staff
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule; Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students
Student Acceptable Use Policy (All Students Must Sign)
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Remind101 Text Message: https://www.remind.com/join/chs21-22
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray @chardonhs @toppernation @chs_AP_Higham @mrs_bondi
One word can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream;
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald Spring.
One smile can bring a friendship,
One handclasp can lift a soul;
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One cheer can obtain a goal.
One vote can change a Nation,
One sunbeam can lift a room;
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One look can change two lives;
One kiss can make love bloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer;
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true;
One life can make a difference,
One life is me and you...
Ten years ago, our school community was impacted by violence. The foundation of over 148 years of graduates was cracked by one act that lasted less than one minute. Our staff and community were heartbroken, and numb; leaving us unsettled in our spirit. Countless heroes stood grounded and poised that day that gave us strength.
In the midst of our confusion, we knew what we needed to do. We needed to be a community...we needed to see our humility...we needed to recognize our treasured stories of achievements...we needed to refocus our lens on respect, and the dignity of every person… we need to stand in optimism and nurture each other. We needed to be reminded of our values.
For ten years, we have kept our eyes on our purpose and our community. For the past nine years, I have kept my eyes fixed on this quote to help us through our healing.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Our school culture and personal character weren't developed in ease and quiet.
Character defines the very essence of who we are, where we are, and demonstrates the pureness of our choices. At Chardon High School, we recognize the beauty of every student and every staff member's story along with seeing the value of the human spirit. Our staff emulates compassion and love to the children that they encounter each day. People often ask me, "what makes Chardon unique", and I immediately tell them that our school community epitomizes excellence in every deed, word, and lesson. Our staff teaches students to understand the value of developing meaningful relationships and ways to pay their lives forward. These lessons transcend the curriculum to develop young men and women not only for college, and careers---but for life.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree." Our teachers express that character is much more than just reputation...it is who we are even when nobody's watching. Having a good character means doing the right thing just because it's the right thing to do. This is the fabric that creates our outreach programs in our annual capstone projects, Great Pal's, AC4P, FMP, NHS Tutoring, CBI, Service Learning. The Circuit of Success, Interact and other acts of servant leadership.
Every family has its own story. As you reflect upon this, you may think about individuals inside of your circles that hurt or may be suffering from emotional or physical ailments. Just as your own capacity for handling situations vary---the person next to you is experiencing HIS/HER own story. It is so important to recognize those who might need your patience and understanding with their situation.
For the last ten years, our district, like many others, has faced many challenges from adjusting to all of the new mandates from the ever-changing face of leadership in our state and national government towards educational reform. Throughout these changes, our mission never changed. Our continued focus on high achievement for all students with a strong emphasis on learning, relationships, and a shared lens of our commitment to our community’s values stood strong through these storms.
At Chardon High School, our commitment towards educating the whole student and providing opportunities to reach each students’ purpose continues to energize our staff. Throughout the established curriculum, Circuit of Success Program, our existing Freshman Mentoring Program, Topper Time period, and our focus on the 4E's: Enrollment, Enlistment, Employment, and Entrepreneurship--developing students for life and career readiness hallmarks our vision. Our teachers worked intentionally within our curriculum to maintain our culture, climate, and educational outcomes.
Just as every family has their own story, so do we at CHS as a larger family. Together, we define the paths set forth before us. We are Hilltoppers. As Hilltoppers, we climb higher than others, and model with humility our values as a beacon of hope for those that look up to us. The paths that we have faced have not been easy. There have been moments of difficulty, moments of sorrow, along with defining moments of integrity.
We are not defined by a calendar date in February. We are Chardon, born and raised. Defined by consistency in action and the determination to succeed by living the truth and leading the way with dignity.
Kindness resonates into every fiber of who we are. It changes us to strive towards being better, it helps us to slow down and really pay attention to who we are and what our purpose in life actually is.
Life is a journey up the side of a mountain, but we are 'Toppers. We love to live, and live to love.
Everyone has their own response to this week that we value.
If you need, ask.
If you have, give.
If you embrace, receive- knowing that no word is needed.
Expressing gratitude, love, and continued support this week and always,
Douglas Murray, Principal